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Raiders may have found an answer on line


Such is the state of the Raiders that conditional praise for a contingency plan is a positive step.

So when their third option at left tackle looked acceptable in his debut, there was reason for encouragement.

According to Scott Bair of, there were no overt signs of ineptitude in Menelik Watson’s first game at left tackle.

Considering last night’s game against the Seahawks was the first time he ever played the position, after practicing there for one week (in pads exactly once), it was actually not bad.

I didn’t see guys running around him left and right,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “I didn’t see him make a lot of mental errors. I think that, for the first time out, in this tough environment, he gave us something solid to improve on.”

The Raiders will be without starter Jared Veldheer for some time after triceps surgery, and next-man-up Alex Barron looked lost in their five-sack half against the Saints. So they gave Watson, this year’s second rounder who generally plays on the right, a shot.

“There’s a lot of room for improvement, which in itself is a good thing,” Watson said. “I felt comfortable in my assignments and what I was asked to do, but I needed to do better in several instances, especially against the run.

“I don’t think I was out of sorts or anything. I know I’ll see a lot of mistakes on the game film, but that in itself will be a good learning experience. The whole week has been a plus, and this game definitely gives me something to build on.”

Watson didn’t do much during training camp because of a nagging calf injury, but the Raiders have to have him now, and hope he holds up against starters.

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7 Responses to “Raiders may have found an answer on line”
  1. billhicks666 says: Aug 30, 2013 9:15 AM

    Menelik Watson is a terrific prospect. The Raiders did very well in drafting him. Very smart, great lateral movement, but very raw. It will just take some time for him to refine everything. When he does, look for multiple Pro Bowls in his future.

  2. manning2manningham says: Aug 30, 2013 9:44 AM

    Marist College represent!

  3. jdubb84 says: Aug 30, 2013 9:52 AM

    Vs Seattle 2nd and 3rd string DE’s

  4. spicyjimbolaya says: Aug 30, 2013 10:11 AM

    I thought based the article’s heading the Raiders found an answer to their problems on the Internet. I’m such a retard.

  5. raiderufan says: Aug 30, 2013 10:18 AM

    LT Veldheer, C Wiz, RT Watson and record cap space to get shore up the both guard spots.

    I hope this kid works out. To have the 3 most important spots on the line filled thru the draft would be a huge first step towards respectablity.

  6. nativeraider says: Aug 30, 2013 11:20 AM

    jdubb84 says: Aug 30, 2013 9:52 AM

    Vs Seattle 2nd and 3rd string DE’s

    Yeah even tho he started the game. Grow up you lil fanboy!

  7. hendeeze says: Aug 30, 2013 3:41 PM


    They didn’t start their starters. Avril Bennett, Clemons didn’t even play… Stop kidding yourselves.

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